Corporate Chef Anthony Marino shares a summer lunch using a colorful crate of produce from Kretschmann Family Organic Farm
By Andrea Bosco
Photographs by Michael Fornataro
A gift that keeps on giving, a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) share presents a special delivery of seasonal, vitamin-packed produce to consumers throughout the farming season. With each arrival comes an intriguing challenge: How does one best utilize the box and its bounty?
We grilled Don Kretschmann of Kretschmann Family Organic Farm in Zelienople and Corporate Chef Anthony Marino of Don’s Appliances and Hillmon Appliance for tips on creatively using everything in the box to its fullest potential. Magic made.
Thirty minutes after Kretschmann delivers a CSA box to the Don’s Appliance showroom in East Liberty, Marino was unpacking the copious crops. And, 20 minutes after that, we were tasting each bite of the deliciousness Marino prepared.
The Bloomfield native explains how to approach the delivery. “When you get great stuff coming out of a farm like this, you don’t want to mask its full flavor,” he says. “You have to look at the basket as a whole. Think about what time of year it is and really determine what you’re going to do.”
Given these summer harvest ingredients — cabbage, zucchini, strawberries, etc. — he decides on a savory sandwich, Marino’s self-proclaimed choice food group. To add to the stacking, he utilizes an array of exquisite cheeses, charcuterie, and condiments from Giant Eagle Market District.
No stranger to whisking around a test kitchen (Marino attended and worked for the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park), he creates a scape and sour cream aioli for a decadent schmear on grilled ciabatta, topped with butter lettuce, Parma prosciutto, and grilled strawberries. Simultaneously, he crafts Tuscan kale chips and a strawberry-rhubarb compote for dipping.
“Everything is so summery,” says Marino. “It’s perfect.”
Next up, he plucks zucchini, rainbow chard, parsley, and basil — or as he names, “this dude, and that dude” — from the box and places them in the Gaggenau 200 Series 30” Electric Single Steam/Convection Oven. “It’s the latest and greatest,” explains Marino. “You can cook a 15-pound turkey for Thanksgiving in 90 minutes.”
He boils pasta in salted water and mixes a vinaigrette of Golden Balsamic, whole grain mustard seed, salt, pepper, sugar, and olive oil. Post-steam, he grills the vegetables to add texture. The chopping commences. Marino serves his “nice and light” pasta salad with a garnish of Bleu-vein cheddar-coated crostini.
After enjoying Marino’s interpretation of the scrumptious, local selections, we whole-heartedly support the CSA program. And Marino agrees. “Everybody wants fresh, local, sustainable — it will never go out of style,” he concludes. “It’s a chance to explore and raise your palate game.” We say, game on!
WHAT’S IN THE BOX?
Kretschmann Family Organic Farm provided us with a summer CSA share*, which included:
- Garlic scapes
*Kretschmann Family Organic Farm shares are available now!
Kretschmann Family Organic Farm, 257 Zeigler Road, Rochester. 724.452.7189. kretschmannfarm.com.
Don’s Appliances, 5958 Baum Blvd., East Liberty. 412.661.7550. | 1759 N. Highland Road, Upper St. Clair. 412.835.2300. | 2335 Washington Road, Canonsburg. 724.916.0100.
Hillmon Appliance, 780 Commerce Park Drive, Cranberry. 724.779.9393. hillmonappliance.com.